Zechariah 9:1–8 (NKJV)
9:1 The burden of the word of the Lord—
Against the land of Hadrach,
And Damascus its resting place
(For the eyes of men
And all the tribes of Israel
Are on the Lord);
2 Also against Hamath, which borders on it,
And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 For Tyre built herself a tower,
Heaped up silver like the dust,
And gold like the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out;
He will destroy her power in the sea,
And she will be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear;
Gaza also shall be very sorrowful;
And Ekron, for He dried up her expectation.
The king shall perish from Gaza,
And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6 “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod,
And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7 I will take away the blood from his mouth,
And the abominations from between his teeth.
But he who remains, even he shall be for our God,
And shall be like a leader in Judah,
And Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 I will camp around My house
Because of the army,
Because of him who passes by and him who returns.
No more shall an oppressor pass through them,
For now I have seen with My eyes.
The message of Zechariah moves here from one of blessing upon Judah and Israel to one of protection of His people against their enemies. This chapter begins what some believe to be a section of Zechariah that was written later than the first eight chapters. While protection is a blessing, this particular blessing includes curses against specific nations who will attempt to come against Israel. He curses Syria, Phoenicia, and Philistia. He states that He will turn Israel’s enemies into their allies in the process. The Lord will camp around His house and will stop the work of the oppressor.
God here promises safety and protection from Israel’s enemies. He does the same for us today. When enemies come against you, God will stand with you and protect you. When problems arise, God will camp round about you. Do not despair or be dismayed, but rather stand on this promise. When enemies arise, God is with you!